Travel Opportunities

Travel Opportunities

In recent years we've been to New Orleans, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas and EVERY year we go to ISRAEL. YLD trips offer participants the opportunity to create lifelong connections, meet young adults from across the country and learn more about Federation and relevant issues affecting the Jewish community.

National Conferences


TribeFest is an entertaining, interactive and educational celebration that draws over 1,500 Jewish young adults (ages 22-45) from across North America. From March 16-18, 2014, TribeFest reflected the vibrant setting of its host city, New Orleans, and offered meaningful, fun, and top-quality content. Through presentations by dynamic leaders in politics, entertainment, music, art, food, religion and other aspects of Jewish life, TribeFest offered attendees many ways to connect to their own Judaism and how they see themselves as part of the community.


Check out pictures from last year!

 Travel to Israel

SAVE THE DATE: Summer 2016

Trip Highlights

Exclusive Access to Speakers and Sites and First Class Accommodations

  • Welcome ceremony at Independence Hall with Tel Aviv dignitaries
  • Multigenerational Visions for the Future lunch with members of the Pitango Venture Fund
  • VIP visit to the Haifa Naval Base
  • Briefing by acclaimed Holocaust scholars
  • VIP tour at Israel's new Google office

Culinary Adventures

  • Most meals included at trendy Israeli restaurants
  • Food tastings and cooking workshop in the Carmel Market
  • Lunch and tour at the Binyamina Winery 

 Experience Tradition

  • Climb Masada and float in the Dead Sea
  • Tour Machane Yehuda market in preparation for Shabbat with local Jerusalem residents
  • Shabbat visit to the Kotel (Western Wall)
  • Visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Tour Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter, including the Herodian Mansions, Hurva Square and the Cardo
  • Hike through the Negev Desert's beautiful Ein Gedi waterfalls

Connect with Your Community

  • Visit Chicago Federation's partnership region in Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir
  • See firsthand how your dollars & JUF's work impacts lives overseas through meaningful site visits
  • Interact with children and teens who benefit from JUF's services  
  • Create lasting relationships with other young adults from Chicago 

Trip Cost and Additional Commitment
The trip cost is TBD and will include first class hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), transportation, guides, most meals, taxes, transfers, special programs and security. This price also includes a subsidy from the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. Participation in this trip requires a gift to the JUF Annual Campaign. According to IRS Code, the gift is tax deductible only to the extent that it exceeds the benefit received. 

Additional Commitment
Participation in this trip requires a $500 minimum gift per person to the 2015 JUF Annual Campaign. According to IRS Code, the gift is tax deductible only to the extent that it exceeds the benefit received.

For more information, please contact

View pictures from the trip 

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 Experience Israel with Israelis!

This free program is for 18-26 years olds. SHORASHIM is the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip where you will travel for ten days with Israelis your age.

For more information, contact Shorashim at 312-267-0677. 

More about the Taglit-Birthright Israel program.

Go to Israel with MASA

Go (back) to Israel with Masa

Masa Israel Journey helps you find and fund a long-term trip to Israel. Choose from over 200 programs including internships, community service and graduate studies.

For more information, contact Tovah Goodman at (312) 357-4723 or visit



Get Connected!

Volunteer with YLD


YLD offers many opportunities to make a real hands-on difference in the Chicago Jewish community. Join us for one of our upcoming volunteer programs! 

Israel with Israelis!

Dead Sea

Recruit eligible friends and family to participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel with Shorashim. Get amazing rewards: $100 for every five people you recruit